Regional Patterns and Correlates of Substance Use among Young Men Who Have Sex with Men in 7 US Urban Areas

Hanne Thiede, Linda A. Valleroy, Duncan A. MacKellar, David D. Celentano, Wesley L. Ford, Holly Hagan, Beryl A. Koblin, Marlene LaLota, William McFarland, Douglas A. Shehan, Lucia V. Torian

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Abstract

Objectives. We sought to characterize substance use patterns in young men who have sex with men (MSM) in 7 US urban areas and sociodemographic characteristics and history associated with such use. Methods. We examined data collected from 1994 through 1998 in a venue-based, cross-sectional survey. Results. Among the 3492 participants, 66% reported use of illicit drugs; 28%, use of 3 or more drugs; 29%, frequent drug use (once a week or more); and 4%, injection drug use. These practices were more common among participants who were White, self-identified as bisexual or heterosexual, had run away, or had experienced forced sex. Conclusions. Effective drug prevention and treatment programs addressing local drug-use patterns and associated factors are urgently needed for young MSM, a population with a high rate of illicit drug use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1915-1921
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume93
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2003

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Thiede, H., Valleroy, L. A., MacKellar, D. A., Celentano, D. D., Ford, W. L., Hagan, H., Koblin, B. A., LaLota, M., McFarland, W., Shehan, D. A., & Torian, L. V. (2003). Regional Patterns and Correlates of Substance Use among Young Men Who Have Sex with Men in 7 US Urban Areas. American journal of public health, 93(11), 1915-1921. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.93.11.1915